Congress' Role If Iran Deal Is Reached

Josh Earnest during a White House press briefing answers questions related to the nuclear negotiations with Iran.
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To Lou. You the things through all. There. Visitors. Again progress we're he's still put me on that less than. To present and it's. Why not. Well. The reason that we have described the odds it's 5050 is that we are mindful of the fact. That any sort of agreement will be need will we'll have to be signed off on by Iran's political leadership and I think it's fair to say that. This kinds of decisions aren't made with lot of transparency. So there is some doubt about ultimately the way this gets gets resolved and ultimately whether or not a run will. Make the kinds of commitments that are currently being discussed in insisted upon by the international community. And it's that. Measure of doubt that leads. Us to continue to conclude. That there's an it. Definite possibility. That Iran can't make the kinds of commitments that the international community is insisting upon. And if that's the case in the United States in the international community will be forced to consider small turned. Three congressman. Our allies and his bedroom goes through and continues through 2000 wire. The US were going off. For the final season. You know when my. Well. I don't have a specific conversations to talk about I can tell you that the administration takes very seriously the need. To keep leaders in congress. And carefully apprised of the status of the ongoing negotiations. With congress not in session in some cases scattered around the globe. It's not always easy to track them down. But we have we have provided updates and we stand ready to write additional updates its. We're fighting fighting deadline fast impact. For keeping cars on board can be. Breathlessly. We're. Do weighed more deadline working toward announcing that my dislike the media market. Well what our case to congress has been and always will be. I think congress should will have an opportunity if it deal is reached. To evaluate that agreement and they should do so on the merits and they should do so with the ultimate goal in mind which is to verify. That Iran. Is not able to obtain nuclear weapon and that's gonna require as I mentioned. Iran making serious commitments each and every pathway to a nuclear weapon and it will require Iran to. Indicate a willingness to cooperate with the historically intrusive inspections. And that is that there will be involved ample opportunity. For members of congress for our allies for our partners need for the American people to evaluate that was boosted if a deal was reached. Luke. Yes there are days it units. Work this congressional review and possibly Iran deal what's the White House's strategy trying key. Democrats in line and see approach of youth proof majority on this legislation. Well our strategy is principally focused on testing and close such as members of congress who have an interest in this agreement that's currently being negotiated. The second is to assure members of congress as the president has in his I have on a number of occasions. That they'll have an opportunity to if I UAV political agreement if one has reached. And that we certainly wouldn't and to help them understand exactly what Iran is committed to do. And once they are able to do that we would encourage him to consider an agreement again if an agreement is reached on the merits. And it is the view of the president. News issues. Obviously leading the strategy. That. Diplomacy is by far the best way for us to prevent Bronfman can nuclear weapons. And so that's that context in which we believe that the agreement should be evaluated at this point it's too early. For anybody to say that. They have concerns about it it seems like in the backfield because the deal hasn't reached. You're negotiating. President's own party seats be checking skiers and actually getting so close to your group to work. It shows a degree become comfortable path. Well I I'm not sure that's how they would discredit I think. You know what we're gonna continue to do is to keep an open line of communication with both Democrats and Republicans. And what's unfortunate is that over the course of the situation. We have on occasion seen Republicans act in a brazenly partisan fashion to try to undermine the deal. Specifically referring to the letter that was signed by 47 Republican senators. Too though leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. And it's unfortunate that an agreement like this would be subject to or negotiations like this would be subject. To such rank partisanship. But we are hopeful that. That that kind of partisan fever has subsided at least enough. Two convince members of congress to set aside their partisan interest in actually evaluate. An agreement if one is reached with the country's best interest in mind. And there will be a temptation. By some to play a partisan politics but that frankly it's something that we've always in the Republican aisles of on the Republican side of the aisle so far. There's a deal was not democratic support the what I'm confident of is that both Democrats and Republicans in the congress will have an opportunity to evaluate the agreement. And we are hopeful that both Democrats and Republicans will set aside. They're partisan interest in actually evaluate the agreement based solely on the national security interest of the United States and if they do that. I'm confident that that will have substantial support for this agreement but again. This all presumes that an agreement is able to be reached and we haven't reached. OK I think. Life has changed for today she's expected June 30 that the firm deadline for the administration or could we be on June 30. Sitting here if you saying well if things continue to make progress will continue that. Well there is a difference as has been highlighted both between mr. cares Garrett the difference. In the deadline. At the end of march and the difference in the June deadline that's usually the June deadline is when the joint plan of action agreement. Would. Would end. Now as many of pointed out the joint plan of action is an agreement as it's been extended. At least twice as ever call and but. Again it's defect it's been extended twice is evidence that we've been negotiating over this for a long time. Birth that the president says. Well again actually would say that if we're not able to reach a political agreement. In the timeline that we described. If we that we would all walk away from the negotiating a lot if we're not able to reach a political agreement. Then when I can wait all the way until June 3 or June 30 walk away. Again because of the way that this these negotiations are structured we believe it's important for us. When I say Alison in Iran and the international community to reach a top line political framework. Prior to entering into the more technical negotiations and it's important to leave some time for those technical negotiations to take place that's that's what that that's what we envision. And that is what art that is argue yes that war and to be specific. VP five plus one is united the United States our international partners are united are negotiating position. So what's really holding up the talks is the specific commitment. From the Iranians that we need to see. And that's that's what we're making progress against. But were only going to and that is what would lead us to continue the conversation is tomorrow. Is if we are not able to reach an agreement tonight but yet. Conversations continue to be productive Luka. Alex. First. You know just to that it couldn't live accident that you want Democrats and Republicans. Citizens president and there's seems to be growing bipartisan opposition to the idea of letting deal comes tuition without. Insight from congress and the vote so I'm I just wonder if you clarify what you mean by having Democrats and their. Set aside by harnessing. Concerns. Yeah I hear it. And say two things one is that we have seen Republicans. Play. It pretty brazen fashion. Partisan politics that's right that we saw senator cotton. And 46 of his. Partners in the Republican cloakroom get together and sign a letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Trying to undermine talks. And that was a brazen partisan effort. And it certainly not consistent with the way that the American people I think would expect their elected representatives. To evaluate. The best interest of the United States of America is probably it may be in the minds of some of them the best way to try to seagate partisan advantage. But what we're looking four is an American advantage. And that's exactly the way that the president is trying to conduct these negotiations now the second that the second thing I would say is that. This is sometimes been. And I'll be polite misunderstood by some members of congress. The united state the administration has long envision your role for congress in these. In this agreement. And that is specifically part of this agreement will be eventually. The removal. Of the sanctions that congress put in place against Iran. In order for those sanctions to be removed congress want to take a vote. And with United States with the Obama administration has said is that. The sanctions put in place by congress. Should remain in place for some time until we can see that Iran has agreed to live up to the commitments that they make. And what congress wrote into that sanctions legislation was the ability of the present I states. To waive some elements of those sanctions. Essentially understanding that that's how an agreement would work essentially we would see. Over time the phased reduction in sanctions. After Iran over a period of time demonstrate sustained commitment to the agreement and that is the way that we believe the agreement should be structured. There's not there's a difference of agreement about this in Iran Iran would like to see those sanctions removed right away because they're having a debilitating impact on their economy. But the United States again given Iran's past history. And there questionable compliance with previous international agreements. We're gonna make sure that are on demonstrate sustained complaints of the agreement before we even contemplate removing the kinds of congressional sanctions have been so effective and compelling Iran to negotiate.

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